Fasting for 14 hours a day may cut risks for diabetes, heart disease

Fasting for 14 hours a day and eating within a 10-hour window may reduce risks of diabetes, a new study suggests. 

Intermittent fasting on various eating schedules has become trendy among a wide array of celebrities, including everyone from Kourtney Kardashian to Jack Dorsey, who swear longer stretches without food have made them look and feel better. 

Some of take their fasting schedules to an extreme - but a new study from the University of California, San Diego, found that simply eating within a 10-hour window is not only doable, but confers benefits like weight loss and better cholesterol. 

In just 12 weeks, the 19 trial participants - most of whom were obese - saw reductions in their BMIs, weights and body fat and many saw improved blood pressure and blood sugar levels. 

Before the study, the participants were on a difficult-to-disrupt path toward diabetes, but the researchers say they may now have a chance to dodge the disease. 

Eating within a 10-hour window each day, then fasting for 14 hours, may help people at risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke avoid the devastating chronic diseases, lose weight and feel better, a new study suggests (file)

Eating within a 10-hour window each day, then fasting for 14 hours, may help people at risk for diabetes, heart disease and stroke avoid the devastating chronic diseases, lose weight and feel better, a new study suggests (file) 

The American Heart Association estimates that 47 million people in the US have metabolic syndrome, a network of symptoms that often precedes diabetes. 

About a third of US adults at least three of five risk factors that make up metabolic syndrome: high blood sugar, high blood pressure, high triglyceride levels, low levels of 'good,' HDL cholesterol and abdominal obesity. 

About 85 percent of people who have this network of symptoms also have type 2 diabetes. 

Those with both conditions are at far greater risk of developing heart disease or suffering strokes as well. 

'When someone has been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome, this is a critical window for intervention,' explained study co-author Dr Pam Taub, of UC San Diego. 

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